Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter

Apple recent­ly post­ed a notice that it is recall­ing the ultra­com­pact USB pow­er adapters that came with the iPhone 3G.

Users with ultra­com­pact pow­er adapters should imme­di­ate­ly stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultra­com­pact adapter.

I didn’t know about this till Big­gy men­tioned it last night. Sup­pos­ed­ly, AT&T sent a text mes­sage out as ear­ly as Sep­tem­ber 19th. I didn’t receive any­thing from them regard­ing the recall and wasn’t alone as some peo­ple I know also didn’t get it. I freakin’ have been using it quite often when I need to charge overnight next to my bed. Geez… that’s damn dan­ger­ous.

Any­ways, if you recent­ly pur­chased an iPhone 3G, you should be okay if you have a green dot on the bot­tom of the adapter (near the prongs), like below:

For those of us who have pur­chased a while back, we’ll need to stu­pen­dous­ly wait for about 3-weeks to get them swapped for the fixed/updated ones. There will be 2-ways to get the exchange:

  1. Order a replace­ment adapter via the web. These replace­ment adapters will ship with­in three weeks of your order, start­ing on Fri­day, Octo­ber 10.
  2. Exchange your adapter at an Apple Retail Store start­ing on Octo­ber 10.

Though it sucks for those who use the adapter main­ly to charge their iPhones, peo­ple just have to take care and know the risk. If you are still doing so because you either don’t have a USB port to use, or a car charg­er, you may use the USB pow­er adapters that came with iPods, or get some from DealExtreme.com or like the ones from Ama­zon below:

Good luck and be care­ful.

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